jogging the list memory
Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
Wed Apr 6 13:31:56 EDT 2005
> What I want to know is, can you think of any other rhymes (possibly
> nursery rhymes) with that "in the orchard there was a hall; in the hall
> there was a bed" repetitive structure? I read something that suggested
> "The House that Jack Built," and I was hoping for some more (possibly
> better) examples.
The structure brought to mind for me an Irish folksong (very popular with
children on long journeys): "The Bog Down in the Valley". The words are
online at http://www.thebards.net/music/lyrics/Bog_Down_In_The_Valley.shtml
(it's longish, so I'm not going to post it here). A similar one is "The
Tractor Factory Song", which you can find at
(though the varieties of factory, tractor, engine, etc. are a bit dull to my
way of thinking; we always have lengthy and gloriously communist varieties
of the various elements).
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